MacGPG2
MacGPG2 2.0.20
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MacGPG2 is the OS X port of GnuPG. The aims of the project are to make GnuPG easy to install, provide a native OS X pinentry utility and interact with existing GnuPG tools for OS X. Developed by Benjamin Donnachie.

Have a look at http://gpgtools.org for more details.
What's New
Version 2.0.20: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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Svoop reviewed on 05 Nov 2013
Thanks to the great work of those contributing to MacGPG, the suite has become much better compared to a few years ago. It is worth every single of five stars by now!
[Version 2.0.20]


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Pfoomer commented on 05 Jul 2013
Visiting the site gives a

The website “https://gpgtools.org” is requesting 1 MB of disk space to store “sqlite_evercookie” as a database on your disk.

Why is this?
[Version 2.0.19]

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Derekcurrie replied on 27 Jul 2013
It's scary odd. For security savvy users, I'm not sure the file name could be more scary. SQL is one huge security hole all by itself, then add the name 'evercookie' to freak the willies out of anyone who despises Tracking on the Internet. :-P

However, what gets put onto the Mac is a file called "https_gpgtools.org_0.localstorage" inside this location:

~/Library/LocalStorage/

The file is merely 12 KB and contains next to nothing as data. My Tracking Cookie application 'Cookie' does NOT identify it as a Tracking Cookie. I've dumped it in the past and will dump it again without any repercussions. Here is the sum total of the actual data in the file:

SQLite format 3@ -‚
¸¢¢üÅz!11ÉtableItemTableItemTableCREATE TABLE ItemTable (key TEXT UNIQUE ON CONFLICT REPLACE, value TEXT NOT NULL ON CONFLICT FAIL)[!}1indexsqlite_autoindex_ItemTable_1ItemTable

I'd either forbid the database or navigate to where it is located and trash it. I see nothing useful about it from a user's perspective.

What web browser were you using when this message came up? I'm not seeing these specific words in Safari or Firefox. But the site does create the noted database file.
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replied on 28 Jul 2013
Safari 5.1.9, though now the website appears to have changed and the warning is not apparent, or its due to the defenses I have set up .
They do drop a cookie (in cache) while accessing the site , and DNT detect Piwik as a tracker.
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FCGreg reviewed on 17 Mar 2011
This package is fabulously integrated with OS X. It works well in every case I have tested. Thanks to the developers for all of the good work they do.
[Version 2.0.17-9]


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Londonskater reviewed on 25 Feb 2011
MacGPG2 is superbly integrated with OS X, the developers have done a fine job.

There is a minor issue (which is not their fault) which is related to updating or overriding the local libiconv library. Using Homebrew, installing and linking a new libiconv library in order to satisfy a Nokogiri dependency breaks MacGPG2.

Beware if using Nokogiri.
[Version 2.0.17-9]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 28 Feb 2011
Thank you for the report. Please follow http://gpgtools.lighthouseapp.com/projects/66001-macgpg2/tickets/50
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Outer commented on 16 Feb 2011
Why is this being released independently of GPGtools, otherwise known as < http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/9417/gpgtools > ?
[Version 2.0.17-9]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2011
Because some people only want to download and install MacGPG2. We know, just installing MacGPG2 using GPGTools is possible too, but it's a "popular demand" to provide single packages.
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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 28 Feb 2011
Also added to the FAQ now: http://www.gpgtools.org/faq.html#1.9
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Outer replied on 17 Nov 2012
With respect, that list only has eight items on it.
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Outer reviewed on 27 Jan 2011
The ambiguity remains: is this release separate from or a part of MacGPG tools? May I install one without the other? What if I have my own self-compiled version of gnupg V2.017? Will it play nicely with MacGPG tools (or, rather, vice-versa)? Will this release over-write my own (painfully) self-compiled libraries and so forth? What relationship does it bear to the recent MacGPG tools release? And so on and so forth. Can any or all of the components be installed independently of each other, given that they all seem to be independently released? In OTW, WTF?
[Version 2.0.17]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 01 Feb 2011
@Outer Thank you for your input and sorry to hear, you are having difficulties understand what tool servers which purpose.

We have pick up your suggestion and created an FAQ on our website. Please have a look at http://www.gpgtools.org/faq.html it should answer your questions.

Most of your questions should be answered by simply having a look at our mainpage http://gpgtools.org

Besides we think your rating is rather inapproriate and does not reflect the work and quality of our tools, which the GPGTools Project offers.
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Outer replied on 07 Feb 2011
OK, if I understand you correctly, your installer puts everything into /usr/local/MacPGP2/ instead of where it belongs, in /usr/local/bin/, correct? In other words, while you will not overwrite a native installation, you simply disregard it. I guess the main question I have is whether or not there is a simple "make" script that will make all of the apparently inter-dependent parts of the Mac GPGtools project - and a lingering question as to whether the separate pieces really are independent, or whether they rely on an induplicatible common binary core? I would much prefer to compile gpg 2.0.17 for and by myself, thank you very much, and then install such Mac-specific adjuncts as are useful to me separately. Your all-in-one approach abrogates my trust model.

Keep up the good work, but don't require users with the wherewithal to know what they're doing to have to suspend their disbelief in what they allow you to install in their systems.

outer
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Ean reviewed on 25 Jan 2011
This can be as tweak-headed as you want it to be, or no more complicated than generating a pair of keys. I haven't tried the unified GPGTools installer as I don't need all the applications it installs. If, like me, you only need to sign and/or encrypt email with Apple Mail the setup is easy. Additionally install GPGMail and GPG Keychain Access. Then use the latter to set up a key pair, and you're good to go.

I hope we always have an open-source public key encryption system. It exemplifies the best qualities of an open internet. And, that it works so well on a Mac is icing on the cake.
[Version 2.0.17]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 26 Jan 2011
Thanks for your review. Glad, it works for you. Just a note: You can still use the GPGTools Installer to do all this in one process and use "Customize" to tell the installer which from the software we offer you want to be installed.
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Derekcurrie reviewed on 08 Jan 2011
Project In Chaos: Avoid For Now.

I was once quite a champion of GnuPG for Mac, put up with the massive geek factor and had it working perfectly. But these days GnuPG is broken on Mac OS X 10.6.x. Don't bother playing with it unless you're one of the developers, it's that nasty at the moment. I've attempted many times over the last full year to help the project, saw great hope last spring, only to have hope dashed this winter with a cacophony of developer infighting, endlessly frustrated would-be users, censored list posts, and chaos all round. I have never seen this before and hope I never do again. RUN AWAY from this software for now, until... (all join hands and pray) ...someone sane takes over the project and straightens out the bloody mess. Until then, I wish the project well.
[Version 2.0.16]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 25 Jan 2011
Hi Derek,

comments like yours aren't that much of a help to anyone. Neither you, nor us.

Please give 2.0.17 a try. Should fix all your issues. Or even better: try our latest GPGTools release, so we can make sure all your components are up-to-date.

Cheers!
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Outer commented on 08 Nov 2010
Two or three questions.

(1) Does this release incorporate the out-of-band X509 patch to gpg2 2.0.16?

(2) I've gone through the mostly painful process of obtaining, compiling and installing gpg2 and its associated support libraries from scratch. Will installing MacGPG2 2.0.16 overwrite my own libraries (rooted in /usr/local) or is it all self-contained?

(3) In other words, having gone to the trouble of obtaining, compiling and installing gpg2 on my own, why would I want or need this?
[Version 2.0.16]

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GPGTools Project Team (developer) replied on 25 Jan 2011
Hi Outer,

(1) Does this release incorporate the out-of-band X509 patch to gpg2 2.0.16?

A: Does not include that out of band patch.

(2) I've gone through the mostly painful process of obtaining, compiling and installing gpg2 and its associated support libraries from scratch. Will installing MacGPG2 2.0.16 overwrite my own libraries (rooted in /usr/local) or is it all self-contained?

A: Just use 2.0.17: it won't overwrite your own libraries.

(3) In other words, having gone to the trouble of obtaining, compiling and installing gpg2 on my own, why would I want or need this?

A: You simply want MacGPG2 because then you don't have to do all the work yourself, are up-to-date and have a version that works ;)

Hope that helps.
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Umaromc commented on 06 Nov 2010
From the ReadMe displayed via 2.0.16 installer;

"Change Log
MacGPG2 now uses Stéphane Corthésy's gpg-agent launchd patch. Consequently, MacGPG2 no longer needs login or logout scripts in order to function correctly and these will be disabled.

Under most circumstances, MacGPG2 no longer needs to interact with the ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist file and any unneeded entries will be automatically removed."
[Version 2.0.16]


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Type:Utilities : Security
License:Free
Date:27 Jul 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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MacGPG2 is the OS X port of GnuPG. The aims of the project are to make GnuPG easy to install, provide a native OS X pinentry utility and interact with existing GnuPG tools for OS X. Developed by Benjamin Donnachie.

Have a look at http://gpgtools.org for more details.


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